2006 Chateau La Vieille Cure, Fronsac (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Fronsac
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 90WA, 89WS, 88V
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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This American-owned estate produces one of the most impressive wines made in Fronsac. Fashioned primarily from Merlot, the saturated ruby/purple-colored 2006 reveals superb sweet kirsch, black currant, licorice, forest floor, and earth characteristics, a textured, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and a long finish. Another super-star Fronsac, it, like virtually every wine from this appellation, sells at a realistic price. It is the perfect wine in these troubled economic times. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Excellent value.

90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 181 - Feb 2009)

Very racy and still quite fresh, with delicious plum, anise and violet notes pushed by driving olive and roasted apple wood notes. The pure finish has nice cut. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2013. 8,333 cases made.

89 points, Wine Spectator (2011)

Saturated, bright ruby-red. Black fruits, menthol and dark chocolate on the ripe nose. Rich, dense and chocolatey-sweet; quite full but with very good vinosity. Finishes with substantial palate-coating tannins and very good length. Big and rich for Fronsac wine, and a very ripe 2006.

88 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (May 2009)